” How can you say to your brother, Brother let me remove that splinter in your eye, when you do not even notice the wooden beam in your own eye?
*** LK 6:42a***
This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday and as we enter into the forty day journey of Lent, let us remember the sacrifice Jesus made for us, showing just how deeply he loved us, while he to walked this journey, showing us all that yes, we to can share our love within, with each other.
Basically this quote talks of, before we can reach out to help another, we first need to help ourselves and over come all that we may be going through and struggling through. If you want to pull that splinter out of your brothers eye, then first clear the obstruction from your own, so you than can see clearly of what you are doing and as you see clearly, then the clouds of your judgments, will then be gone as the love within you, will then not only comfort you, but comfort your brother, as you remove the splinter, so he to can see clearly along this journey of life.
We all have our issues as we walk our paths of this journey, but yet we always see the faults of others and never see any faults of our own, we are always quick to point the finger towards others, but never point the finger at ourselves and accept any blame for whatever we do, others will surely pick up on our faults before we even recognize them ourselves. We are all guilty of this behavior, but we will never admit to any faults we may have.
A lot of times these faults will bring us great shame, shame that brings us great pain and when we hurt deeply inside, we then bury these faults deep within, so we than can try to move forward like there is nothing holding us back. So as we do this, we than never look at our own faults, instead we point out the faults of others, which then will stop us from truly getting to know one another, only forcing us to look at each other superficially, without truly looking deeply at what we see. There is always more than what we may see initially, just that we don’t truly want to see, cause then it will make us look deeper into ourselves.
Jesus as he walked this journey with us, showed us all that when we stay true to ourselves, truly feel our feelings within and feel the warmth of his love within us, then we to can not only love ourselves, but love all those around us, without any evil or unwanted thoughts. Nobody ever wants to show any fault, as this will bring out weakness and within a broken society as we are currently in, then any weakness will bring us more shame and pain, which we then will be open to becoming a victim of any kind, furthering the pain for which we already have.
Weakness brings pain and in a society of fakness, weakness makes you vulnerable over those who pretend to be strong, as they then seem to be more powerful than they really are. We never want to admit to our faults, so we than can bury them and seem strong to those around us, while we then point the finger of fault on those around us. We are all guilty of pointing the finger of blame, which does nothing but deflect any blame from ourselves, so we then never fix what we need to fix, as we walk our paths through this journey of life.
So as we walk yet another Lenten journey, let us do so as Jesus did these next forty days, let us sacrifice as Jesus did for us, as we truly get back in touch with our true feelings, unbury those faults as we work to fix what we need to fix, then we can truly move forward better and stronger and treat each other with respect, to keep our dignity, showing our true love for each other, then we can walk confidently on our paths, through this journey of life.
” Lets walk this journey of lent and sacrifice as Jesus did for us, to be better and stronger moving forward”
” Faults can only be fixed when we stay true to who we are, without burying them like they are nothing but dirty laundry”
” The journey of lent is a forty day journey, to get back to who we truly are, to become better and stronger moving forward”
” Our issues do not have to define us on our paths, they should help us to be better and stronger moving forward”
We all walk through this journey of life, the journey is all the same, but through the decisions we make on the paths we chose, we all may find that the journey is different for each of us, but as we get caught up within these decisions, it is our perception that is what makes the journey seem so different. We can all look at the same thing, but through our perception of that something, we will all see that thing very differently, that is a fact of life and one of those true facts we take so for granted.
We make decisions everyday of our lives, some decisions we make very easy, as others we procrastinate and take time to make, some decisions we make through the clouds of our judgments, as we don’t think through the reaction, before we take the action. Sometimes the decisions are clearly of common sense, but within this society where we lack the common sense, then we make the decision without thinking through the decision, which then has us back peddling, instead of moving forward along this journey.
We work our whole lives to build up a good self image of not just ourselves, but a good self image for those to perceive us by, then in a blink of an eye, or with one bad decision, that self image is destroyed, bringing us lower than we were, before we even did any building at all. this is the part of life we all dread, that part of life that we all slip on the thin ice around us and then fall through the cracks of the journey, leaving us submerged in the chilly wet water, then as we go into damage mode and try to warm up and dry ourselves off from the fall, as all those around us then perceive us in a very different light.
This journey through life has many decisions for each of us, decisions that can weaken us, or make us stronger as we move forward throughout this journey. Without common sense these decisions can and will bring us down, especially if we don’t think through the decision, before we take action on the decision. These decisions should never take control of us, nor should they ever be our destiny either. We should be the master of our own destiny and by doing that, we should always think through the decision, before we take the action of the decision. The best way to be able to take control of our destiny is, to never lose sight of our common sense, never bury that common sense so deep within, that we then forget that it is within us. This journey through life really doesn’t have to be that hard, but it is we who make it hard, when we make bad decisions, because we didn’t use our common sense, nor did we think through the decision, before we acted on the decision.
” Common sense isn’t too common within this society, only because each one of us is responsible for that”
” We have to live with whatever decisions we make, so why not think through the decision and make the most of every decision”
” To perceive what we see, is not truly of what we are looking at”
” The thin ice of this journey is only from the bad decisions we make for not thinking through the decision before we take action”
” Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you or insult you, denounce your name as evil, on account of the son of man. Behold your reward will be great in Heaven”.
***LK 6:22, 23b***
The son of man or otherwise known as Jesus Christ, when Jesus came and walked his journey with us, he never did so out of hate, he never even acted as if there was even any hatred as part of him, Jesus treated us all as equals and yes there are no two of us alike, so tell me who you are and I am welcoming you with open arms.
As calm and as beautiful as this picture is within Nature, is all that we could ever imagine of what to expect within Heaven. First we all have to drop all the hate, as this is what just may stop us from truly meeting Jesus within the beauty of Heaven. Jesus showed zero hate of anybody while he walked his journey here with us, hate comes from right here with us, as we are the ones that developed this hatred that is among us today. Socialism breeds hatred and the dividing of each one of us, against each other, even while the love of Jesus Christ is within the hearts and souls within us.
Hatred takes a lot of work everyday from each of us, as love is very natural and within us all and takes zero effort to spread it with all who is around us. Why this hatred has spread among us today, I really have no answer for this, because this is not truly of who we are and it is not of what Jesus taught us along his journey with us. I get the fact that we are all very diverse of each other, but this diversity should never be of what divides us so, we are all very unique to each other, which when we bring forward our uniqueness, then we can move forward better and stronger, out of the love of Jesus, with zero hatred anywhere along our paths.
When those among us call us names, hate on us, or simply exclude and insult us, only means one thing of those who do this, which is the fact that these Individuals have zero self esteem of themselves and have zero belief or faith in Jesus Christ our savior. If only these Individuals could have any faith in Jesus Christ, then there could be hope for us all as we walk our paths of this journey through life, so we all can be in the peace of God, with nothing but true happiness at every turn of the journey.
The love of God within us all will warm us so,
The belief and faith in Jesus will give us much hope,
As we all search for the entrance of the pearly gates to Heaven,
Let us forever end the hate, to share the love that is within us all.
” Hate is the ugliness that surrounds us today, love will always turn the ugliness into great beauty”
” Socialism is nothing but hatred and division and is truly of who we are not”
” Love is within us all with great beauty and warmth as through love there will never be any hatred”
These two Individuals quite simply have been within the walls of Washington DC for way too long, they are so out of touch with true reality, they wouldn’t know it if it slapped them in the face. They say the American people approve of what they are doing, I have a news flash for you! We true Americans do not pay attention to the Fake News Media, of which you pay attention to.
President Trump is a businessman, he gave up his rich and famous lifestyle, to serve the American people. With becoming a successful businessman, you have to be able to accept failure, of which President Trump has done just that in the private sector, but with that failure has also brought great success as well. Now as President Trump has come into the walls of Washington DC a very rich and successful businessman and also is working for $1 for the American people, all others within those same walls have come to sit in their offices with little or no money to start, but now are all very wealthy today? Hmmm!!! Makes you wonder just how corrupt those walls are? Politics is a dirty game and the money is just as dirty as well, with all the back room deals, the I will scratch your back if you scratch mine, if any Politician is reading this and takes offense to this, then you Sir are the problem and part of the swamp that needs to be drained.
The so called CNN’s and MSNBC’s of the world are what Fake news is all about, they are so far left and so biased against this seated President, they will make up any kind of story, in order to keep their agendas going, as well as keep all the far left Socialist Democrats, looking like their ( pardon the french) shit doesn’t stink. The hatred for our seated President, by these people on the far left is so great, they simply can not see any kind of true reality right in front of them. You want to know where the division in this country is and where it all starts, right there within the walls of Washington DC.
Until our so called leaders pull together and truly work together without prejudice, then the division will never end and true change will never come to we the people, of this great country of America. President Trump has made a lot of great strides for this country, but like a winning championship team in the NFL, everybody within all three phases of the game, have to not only be in sync, but they have to be all on the same page as well. The Senate, the House and the Executive branches of the Government, need to all be in sync and on the same page, so we all within this great country can reap all the benefits to be better and stronger moving forward, it is not so much as our so called leaders getting more Fat, dumb and rich, while the American people get stuck on the back burner and burnt, with no where to turn. In the 2020 elections we the people need to be much smarter with how we vote, as the direction of this great country is at stake and most definitely, it is time to eliminate the dead wood within Washington DC, so the rest of us can walk our paths through this journey of life, in the peace and happiness, we all so deserve.
” Dumb and dumber may be a movie, but there is plenty of dumb and dumber types within the Government of this country”
” Let’s take a lesson from the football team the New England Patriots, to truly see teamwork at it’s best”
” You can not have failure without success, just as you can not have success without failure”
” When you have division within the leader’s, almost always you will have division within the rank and file as well”
” Change is good when done correctly, new ideas with the change can be a great combination, but when the ideas are so far fetched, makes for more chaos, corruption and ugliness”
I am sorry but this woman scares the heck out of me, with her far left Socialist ways and whacked out ideas, I mean really you simply can not take this woman too serious. This woman was voted into Congress by the state of New York, now I do not know the who voted for her, so I will just say, New York is responsible for any damage this woman does, while she serves her term in the 116th Congress.
Ms. Cortez has this new green deal, that basically has me saying………WOW!!! Eliminating air travel, guess work around a Cow’s flatulence and economic security for those not willing to work? These are the very Socialistic ideas that scare the crap out of me and it should you as well. Socialism never works and if you look into the past, like at the old USSR and even the present, with what’s happening in Venezuela, You can clearly see the corruption, the anger and the ugliness of which Socialism brings.
” Be careful of what you wish for”, yes this sounds cliche, but when we are a country in dire need of true change, we sometimes over look the fact that, when we try to send a message to the ones already serving as our so called leaders, we don’t truly look deeply into what we see, in order to truly vote in the right Candidate, that has our best interest, within their minds, instead they think they can make a name for themselves, for pushing forward something that makes completely no sense at all.
There are plenty more within the walls of Washington DC that just don’t get it, some are newly appointed and some have been there a while, who should be gone and one of those who have over stayed his welcome is, Congressman Markey, who is in this picture to the right. He has also gone to the far side of the left and has adopted these Socialistic ways for the simple common sense, that is deep within us all, not too mention……… I can’t stand the way he speaks, like he is talking down to us and he has all the power?
Now here is a stat that we all over look when we go into the voting booth, the fact that some within the walls of Washington DC, go in with little or no money, but when they leave they all of a sudden, have become multi millionaires? They do this on not just our watch, but also on our dime and they do not even care, as they are only thinking of themselves, with not even an after thought of you and I. The facts are the facts and it is time we all hold them accountable for their actions. The one point to make in all this is, all our Politicians are Lawyers, who think nothing at switching around some words, to what they think of as, justifying what they are doing.
Getting voted in to an office within the walls of Washington DC, should never be about making it a career, as now they are more focused on the power for themselves, instead of actually working for the American people and making this journey through life, better and stronger for all, as we all walk in the peace and happiness of Jesus Christ.
” Facts are the facts and actions will always speak louder than any spoken word”
” The spoken word can be twisted to fit into any narrative, but actions you own and are held accountable”
” True change is never forced, as it is always natural with zero pain of any kind, to trip you up along your path”
” Since from you shall come a Ruler, who is to Shepard my people Israel”.
We all get so wrapped up in our Professional lives, that we forget to simply take some ” ME” time as we walk our paths through this journey of life. When we grow up and become a productive member in this Society, we become all about our jobs, we become about making money so we can survive in this society to the point, we then become lost from all the true beauty all around us. Sometimes we don’t realize of what we are doing til it is too late, then when we finally wake up to our own realities, we get depressed of the fact that so much has passed us by and we haven’t even taken the time to enjoy any of it.
Now I totally get the fact that we need to work and build up our nest eggs, but what good is that nest egg, if we don’t take the ” ME” time to enjoy it? I get the fact that we find a Company to work in and are happy where we are, so we then work as much and often as we can, to earn all that we can, all while putting aside that “ME” time for later, but sometimes that later comes too us too late, then we look back at what we missed, of which we become depressed when we look back. There are also these life events that come to us with some being, small and mild while others taking control of us. We then bury our selves in our work of our jobs, to try to move forward without feeling the pain from these events? We then become lost within ourselves without taking any kind of “ME” time at all.
We all need this all important ” ME” time, from time to time. This is how we recharge ourselves, this is how we get out and explore all the true beauty around us, while we let this beauty heal us from our troubles, heal us from the stress of our work, so we than can move forward better and stronger throughout this journey of life. Sometimes this ” ME” time simply consists of, taking to Mother Nature with some camping and hiking, even if it is just you and Mother Nature, just getting out there and healing yourself from the daily grind. Sometimes it is finding a hobby like The sport of Bowling, something you grow to love and excel in, bowling in a league or two, then showing what you can do in a tournament on the weekends. When these activities are not there and we are lost within the clouds of our judgments, from the daily grind of our jobs, we then feel incomplete as a person, while all else passes us by.
I get the fact that we need some money to enjoy the ” ME” times, yes it is okay too build up the nest eggs, but it is also important to learn to balance your time between the work and the ” ME” time, without getting lost within the corporate world. The corporate world is fine, but sometimes we let it dictate where we are going, instead of us dictating where we want to go. Within this society we walk today and the way the corporate world changes daily, we then fear that the change will leave us on the outside looking in, which we then do whatever within our jobs, to what we think as becoming valuable to the company we work, but in reality these companies really, could care less of who we are, especially if we are not producing for them, this is when we get lost within and totally forget that all important “ME” time.
We all need to recharge and clear the cob webs from our minds from time to time, find an activity that helps us do just that, so we can focus on ourselves, as we heal ourselves from the daily grind, heal ourselves from the pains that come to hurt us throughout this journey, when we don’t take the time to recharge, then we lose focus on where we are going and more importantly, where we want to go moving forward. This journey through life really isn’t that hard when we do it correctly, but that is the problem……….. we get lost within the clouds of our judgments so much that, we let everything else dictate where we are going, instead of we ourselves dictating where we want to go.
” Good quality of life is we ourselves taking the proper ” ME” time to recharge and refocus”
” The corporate world will consume us if we let it, we just have to find the right balance between “ME” time and work time”
” A nest egg is good for the latter of the journey, as long as we don’t let the latter pass us by without enjoying it”
” We all need to recharge and clear our heads from time to time, so we can move forward better and stronger”
” Hello Mr. Kraft, my name is Tom Brady and the best decision this organization has ever made”. This is how Tom Brady introduced himself to Bob Kraft when they first met and now, the rest is history.
You don’t just wake up one day and suddenly you are a Legend at whatever you wish, it takes work and not just work but, long, hard, dedicated work. First you have to explore your options, try many things, til you find that one thing you not only love, but really want to excel in excellence at becoming the best at whatever that thing is you choose to be your craft.
Tom played baseball growing up, but being a strong New England sports fan, I am so glad he decided to love the sport of football. Tom’s work ethnic is second to none, he is the first one at practice and the last one to leave everyday, even when he is home, he watches film on the next team he is playing, he studies them inside and out, so he can read them like a book, then pick them apart with great passes to his teammates. Tom may be a gifted Quarterback in the NFL, but that gift came with a lot of hard, dedicated work.
Tom came to the Patriots like all other players in the league, through the draft, but Tom was drafted so far down the depth chart, that he was like an after thought that, hey maybe we can pick him up and put on the practice squad, to basically just go through the reps and maybe see what he can do? Well Tom studied the ways of the Patriots and the league to the point, when Drew Bledsoe went down with the injury, Tom never looked back and seized the day, taking the Patriots to the Superbowl and beyond.
It is not just Tom working hard to become a legend within the NFL and helping the Patriots become a dynasty within the league, that also comes from one of the greatest Coaches ever to coach in the NFL and that is, Bill Belichek. Bill like Tom eat, sleeps and drinks the game of football, he studies the game as well, giving him the knowledge, to create the most high tech playbooks within the sport of football. Now if Bill was a poker player, he would be the best, as he never shows his hand, until the time is right, which keeps the other team, not only confused, but keeps them guessing as well. Bill knows how to recruit talent, just as much as unloading the talent, when they are on their down slide. He loves a player that is not afraid to play any position on the field, as well as……..he is one of the few, that still like the position of Full back on the team and he grabs a player that is the toughest at that position, of which Devlin excels perfectly at the position of full back, for the New England.
The New England patriots the last 20 years have a legendary Coach and Quarterback, that work very hard daily, which has earned them the biggest title of them all and that is, earning the title of becoming a Dynasty within the sport of football. A Dynasty of anything takes a lot of hard work , not just for one Individual, but for many who make up that team. Bill Belichek recruited many different players through the years he has been here in New England, with the top recruit being a guy named………. Tom Brady. These two have been the common denominator on the team, with many different numerators over the years and with Bill putting a great system in place, the rest is history as the Patriots, year after year, have become the team to beat by all the other teams in the league.
” Achieving excellence in anything takes a lot of very hard work and doesn’t come that easy”
” A Dynasty is like and orchestra, with all on the same page and the same note, with a great Conductor bringing them together in harmony”
” You can’t have the dynasty without the legend and without the great supporting cast there is no legend”
” With winning breeds hatred, but if you want to win and become champion, then step up to the plate and beat a true champion”
This quote by little eight year old Martin Richard, who we lost so tragically at the Boston marathon bombings, will forever stand the test of time throughout all the new Year’s, as the best quote ever.
With this being the last week of 2018 and the new 2019 right around the corner, is this really going to be a new year, or just much of the same? Seems like we spend more time on partying in the new year, than doing anything in truly making it a new year. We all take too much for granted of the leader’s we put in place to bring real change to us, when all we need to do is, each and every one of us, with our actions, are the ones that can bring real change around us. Real change starts with us, we first need to get off our fannies, put in the work, instead of partying at every turn, so not just we ourselves can be at peace, but all those around us can be at peace as well.
We all set these resolutions of which we never follow through on? We only never follow through because talk is cheap and actions speak louder. A resolution is meaningless unless you follow through on what you say and not speak, just to heat up the air with hot air from your mouth around you. If you know you are not going to follow through on your resolution, then say nothing and just let your actions say what you really want to say. Resolutions are useless anyways, only because it’s the lazy way out of a conversation, instead of confidently speaking in a conversation and truly making the change you want to make.
Why do we call it a ” New Year”, if we still do all the same things, except the fact that the year itself has changed. Whether it is domestic or abroad, we never really have any real change, we have a lot of hot air talking of change, but the true change we never receive. Some may change the approach of the change, then say they made change, but the same old same old still comes back to us, as the change disappears. True change comes from deep within each of us, we first have to be on the same page and not resist any change, whether it’s from ourselves or another. As we the people look toward our so called leaders for the change, how can they truly bring real change to us, if they themselves can not even see eye to eye, without the bickering and the arguing between each other? If someone comes forth with real change, it gets immediately shot down, cause it didn’t come from they themselves, which in the long run, has us all stay within ourselves, instead of working towards bringing real change to us all, so we than can move forward on our paths, of this journey through life, in the peace and happiness we all so deserve.
Happy New Year is truly each one of us coming together in peace and happiness, while we bring real change to each other, that will help us all be stronger and better than the year prior. Happy New Year is not about just changing a year, then we all continue all the hatred and ugliness of each other. We all may think that real change starts at the top? On the contrary…….. It starts with each one of us, whether your on the top, the bottom or the middle, working together in harmony and helping to bring real change to us all, moving forward throughout this journey of life.
We can still celebrate the coming of a new year, but there is a big difference between a celebration and just partying in the new year. You celebrate cause you are working at the true change, to bring into the new year and share with all around you. You party in the new year, only to wake up not feeling good or remembering anything of the night before. Somewhere in the translation of Happy New Year, we have lost the true message of bringing real change around us, which is why we have to look back, not to dwell in the past, but to see where we went wrong, fix what we need to fix, so we than can move forward along our paths of this journey through life, better and stronger, as the proper and real change comes to us and we all can be at, the true peace and happiness always.
” Happy New Year is not just the changing of a few numbers on the calendar, it is the bringing of true change to us all always”
” A true Happy new Year should bring us all peace and happiness always”
” ” No more hurting people peace” this should be more than a quote and help us all bring real change to each other”
” A celebration is happy and peaceful, as a party is something a lot of times we do not remember”
” What is offended? Someone who is hurt, annoyed and disgusted. Your feelings become hurt by something, so you then become offended by anything that reminds you of that”.
” Like the movement of the #meto, this movements had great intentions at the beginning, but when someone in the movement is offended by anything having to do with sex, but then goes to a rap concert, that sings about Gang Rape? Then what really offends you”?
Seriously…………. We of this Society are so screwed up and become so easily offended by anything, time for us all to simply grow up, fix what we need to fix, so we all can move forward better and stronger along this journey of life. Just because something or someone has come across your path and disrupted your journey, doesn’t mean you should disrupt the journey of everybody else? We all have feelings, we all react differently to the same things, but we should never let these reactions, have an affect on all those around us.
We all have been hurt by something or someone throughout this journey of life, there is no one exempt from this. The problem then lies with each of us and what we do with this hurt? What is the proper way to end our pain? Do we bury it like nothing happened? Or do we take corrective action to be better and stronger moving forward? I think the latter is better, so we can fix what is needed to continue moving forward throughout the journey. True that if only we fix our own issues, than just maybe? Whatever that has come to you and reminded you of a past traumatic event, now that same event won’t effect others around you, as you now become offended of everything, instead of fixing one thing, which is a lot easier to fix one thing, than to multi task at many things all at once.
Now I don’t know about you, but almost all the time when all this stuff we are offended of comes to light is, right around one time of year and that is the Christmas season. This is suppose to be the most magical, the most loved, but yet we are so troubled during this time of year? You think it is time we all take stock in our lives, do sort of an inventory of ourselves, to not just clean out the old, but fix and repair ourselves, so we can move forward better, move forward without anymore hidden hurt, bringing us much pain. It is pretty sad that something from one generation, which was all good, now suddenly offends the new generation, which now has us all changing what was, to what is, so we can not offend who is around us.
Love…………………Love is the answer to all the questions, especially the questions of us being offended by whatever crosses our paths through this journey of life. When we love each other instead of hating on one another, then there is no talk of being offended by anything that may cross our paths, when we become hurt and feel real pain of anything, then through the love we take a step back, fix what we need to fix, so we then do not suppress anything deep within, which will most definitely rear it’s ugly head once again later on at some point of this journey. We all need to be more sincere of this word love, this is a special word with a special feeling deep within us all, it is not a word to be thrown around loosely, like it is a word without meaning. We throw this word around so much and at everything we see, that this word has totally lost the true meaning it once had.
You think these people that are talked about in this picture, are worried about being offended? Exactly right, these people were too busy working hard, to build themselves as well as their community, so they all can move forward better and stronger, throughout this journey called life. When you become to focused on offending someone, you are now stopped, you are no longer moving forward and life is passing you by. A big part of this offended era is, Social Media. Now there are many and I do mean many Social media platforms out there, each one will have you believe that they are the best one? But what they won’t tell you is, they are all the best ones for not only creating much drama in our lives, they are also responsible for making us offended by everything, other than the platform for who they are. Everything was so much simpler before the time of this Technology explosion, which brought us all the Social media platforms, We all worked hard walking our path, so this journey could be more of peace and happiness, for ourselves as well as those around us. When things went wrong back then, we took the time and responsibility to see where we went wrong, fixed what needed to be fixed, to move forward better, in today’s Society and within our social platforms, we have become so lazy, that it is easier to suppress, than to work at anything that is well worth the work.
” We need never suppress our true feelings, as they will always come back later and disrupt us even more the second time”
” Love is always the answer as hate will only compound any situation of this journey through life”
” Social media like everything else started out with the best of intentions, but we have turned these intentions into a negative and against everything good it once was”